Scientific NameUrticina piscivora
Native To Pacific coast (from Alaska to California)
Habitat Tidal pools and offshore
Diet Small fish and invertebrates
Size and Age Up to 26 cm (10 in) in diameter; lifespan estimated to be several decades long
While more delicate species of anemones rake in bits of food, the fish-eating anemone has sturdy tentacles that can capture shrimp and small fish. Prey are captured by stinging cells called “nematocysts” located along each tentacle. Each cigar-shaped nematocyst contains a barbed thread that carries venom.